The blanket I made is baby blanket size and square, but you can make it whatever size you like. Seriously. Do what you want. Don't let a pattern rule your life. ;)
Anywho, let's get to blanket-making business!
Materials and Stuff
- yarn in at least two colors (make sure each of your yarns is the same weight is my only caveat) - I used sport weight for this particular blanket
- a crochet hook that you like - I used my J hook for looser stitches
Abbreviations (+ Stitches You Need To Know)
- ch: chain
- sc: single crochet
- hdc: half double crochet
- dc: double crochet
- sl: slip stitch
- fsc: foundation single crochet (optional)
Create a foundation with your desired number of stitches to obtain the width you want (before the border) with Color A - use either a good old ch foundation or you can do foundation sc if it's in your skill set;
Row 1: in second ch from hook *3 sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, repeat from * across until you run out of stitches (it's seriously ok, just pay attention to the last type of stitch you made), turn;
Row 2: switch to Color B (and this may sound tricky, but it really isn't, and there's a chart below if you're a chart person), ch for the appropriate height of your first actual stitch, then dc in each sc in the previous row, hdc in each hdc, and sc in each dc across; you'll end this row with 3 dc if you started with 3 sc, ch 3 turn;
Row 3: dc in each dc, hdc in each hdc, sc in each sc of the previous row, turn;
Row 4: switch back to Color A and use the same rules from Row 2;
Keep doing this. Forever. Or until the blanket is the length you want.
This isn't the most visually stunning chart, but hopefully it illustrates the pattern that is a little weird when I try to put it into words. lulz
PROTIP: I didn't break off my colors for my color changes. I loosely carried the unused yarn because I hate weaving in ends. I then grabbed the floating bits when I did my border and hid them in the stitches on the back of the blanket.